As well as these fine specimens, another target was Turtle Dove. Birds were certainly present last year, and this habitat of uncultivated common land and scrub is just ideal. Fortunately, I heard one bird singing and perhaps the same poised on an over-hanging wire. I expect to catch up with the returning pair in mum's garden over half term, but those aside, this will not be a species I record prolifically this year, nor any more. There is hope, for a moratorium on hunting in Malta has been called which will give future birds a chance if everything goes to plan. Hopefully we are not too late.
The Common was alive with Common Whitethroat and Willow Warbler. Single Bullfinch and Linnet were seen. I was shown the web below, home to many Small Eggar Caterpillars.
The previous day, Debs and I attended the Norfolk Wildlife fair, and although we again felt it was not particularly well attended, we enjoyed a decent hog roast, a walk round the hall and a chance to peruse some bird art and literature. I missed Jonny Rankin's talk and never saw the Edible Frogs that live in one of the ponds- at least one of those I can go back for! Speaking to a chap from NARG was the highlight actually. I have always found Reptiles and Amphibians fascinating, and he was able to fuel a bit more of this by telling me Adders have a strong hold in The Broads, and that the Newt in my toilet last year was actually a Smooth, not Great-crested. They welcome Herp sightings, and you can upload them here: http://groups.arguk.org/NARG/